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First Lady Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, Wife of Ousted Honduran President, Speaks Out About Coup

"We are Hondurans. This is our land, these are our people, and this is our family. We do not want to go to another country."

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We have been on this checkpoint for sixty hours, and our only demand is to allow us to get to the border so that I can hug the President, hug my husband, and that my children can hug their father.

AMY GOODMAN: Were you tear-gassed or hurt physically in any way as you attempted to move forward?

XIOMARA CASTRO DE ZELAYA: [translated] No. At the checkpoint, there has been no aggression, and I think that’s because they realize what it would mean for them if they attempt it against the family. But just a few kilometers from the checkpoint, they have been throwing tear gas, beating people, and arresting them.

AMY GOODMAN: We just have thirty seconds. Your final message to the people of the United States and to our viewers and listeners around the world, Mrs. Castro de Zelaya?

XIOMARA CASTRO DE ZELAYA: [translated] We want justice. We want peace. We demand the return to democracy. And as a family, we demand that our family be rejoined, that we can be together again. Mel is the center of our family, and that’s what we’re demanding, to be able to see father, son, children, husband.

AMY GOODMAN: Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, I want to thank you very much for being with us, the wife of the ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. She is attempting to reach him on the Honduran-Nicaraguan border, has yet to be able to do so. She also led a major march in Tegucigalpa a week or two ago, just after the coup.

This is Democracy Now! Tomorrow, we’ll speak with the ousted president, with President Zelaya. And you can go to our website for our recent interview with him when he was in Washington, at Thank you very much, and be safe.

Amy Goodman is the host of the nationally syndicated radio news program, Democracy Now!